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May 29, 2023
Topics: Tech, AI, Google, G. Hinton, Bluesky, Flipboard, social media, Barcelona, Waymo, Uber, autonomous EVs, environment, sea turtles, Panama
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🟦Bluesky on Flipboard Last week’s AGREEN1 issue covered the upcoming and latest in social media. Still in beta mode (invite required to join), Bluesky is leaning forward into the future of “social web.” It’s the brainchild of Twitter’s co-founder and ex-CEO, Jack Dorsey. Bluesky is a decentralized social media app that aims to fix the problem of algorithms dictating what users see on their feeds.
Right now, what users see on social media is essentially either paid for by advertisers or manipulated by algorithms or bots (fake users). With Bluesky, custom algorithms puts users in charge of what comes into their feeds. This will be a huge change to the users' timelines and their experience on the platforms.
Bluesky is certainly the future, as it is Dorsey’s opportunity to press the reset button on community discourse platforms. As a public benefit company, it is focused on providing a “decentralized standard for social media.”
Now, ever heard of Flipboard? It’s the only digital social magazine. Flipboard connects publishers and creators to audiences worldwide to share stories that inspire them. Bluesky has now been added to Flipboard's reading app. Laying the groundwork for what's coming next.
⁉️Does Twitter have a more competition? First Twitter and now comes Bluesky, and soon there will be Barcelona from Meta/Facebook. Mastodon is another one growing over the last 8 months. With very little competition, Twitter was leading the race, but with these decentralized social platforms arising, a new social web is being created; we'll keep you informed.
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🌞Phoenix and self-driving Uber rides Flashback to Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix. The AGREEN1 December 19 issue reported on autonomous taxi's driving fans from the airport to State Farm Stadium, making it the first city worldwide to use self-driving EVs in its airports.
Waymo provided those autonomous EVs. With that success, on May 23 they signed a strategic partnership with Uber that is scheduled to launch this year. According to the website, Uber users will soon be able to request a Waymo self-driving EV through their Uber app. That is a tremendous expansion opportunity for Waymo. The parent company of Waymo is Google (Alphabet).
🌴Sea turtles rights Environmentalist across the globe have been handed a hard-fought battle. Panama's President Cortizo Cohen signed a law in March that permits any Panamanian citizen to defend sea turtles. This gives wonderful protection to the creatures and holds governments, citizens and corporations accountable if they violates the well-being of sea turtles.
With the signing of this law, wild animals are provided the legal right to exist and to flourish.
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🚫AI not supported by most scientists Keep your eyes wide open for the impact of AI. It's knocking on the door and asking to be invited into our lives. Geoffrey Hinton has recently retired from Google and he is also known as "the godfather of AI". For 5 decades, Hinton developed AI and now the 75 year old has safety concerns about AI.
Business are going to see a benefit to using AI, such as more automation and efficiency, and less employees to have to pay. However, according to Hinton; "These things could get more intelligent than us and could decide to take over, and we need to worry now about how we prevent that happening." He adds that AI can be used to manipulate elections and even cause wars, insisting that humans are not ready to utilize AI because it must be highly regulated on a global level first. This link takes you to the interview.
Meta's chief AI officer agrees; “There is no question that machines will become smarter than humans—in all domains in which humans are smart—in the future,” says LeCun. “It’s a question of when and how, not a question of if.” So please stay aware dear friends.
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Fun question of the day:
Would you request an autonomous EV from Uber?
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Last fun question of the day: Do you think adult-use cannabis will become federally legal by 2025??
15% of respondents said YES
Thanks again for being you. Until the next issue, be sure to add more green to your life!
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